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Community : Top Stories Last Updated: Sep 4, 2013 - 10:28:36 AM


Wear your helmet!
By Provided by Girl Scout Troop 494
Sep 4, 2013 - 9:57:48 AM

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Encourage friends and families to wear helmets when biking, roller blading, skateboarding, and riding a scooter.  
According to a recent survey at Daniel Island School, approximately 60% of the students said they wore a helmet. On the first day of school, only 45% of the students that rode bikes wore helmets based on visual observation of the school bike racks. This is an improvement from April where only about 30% wore helmets.  
Head injuries due to bicycle accidents alone can be reduced by 85 percent just by wearing a helmet (Helmet Safety Campaign- http://www.bphc.org).  
There are consequences to not wearing your helmet. Each year, nearly 300,000 children go to the ER due to bicycle injuries, and about 10,000 children have to spend a few days in the hospital. Head or brain injuries can occur when the rider is not wearing a properly fitted helmet or no helmet at all. A helmet that does not fit properly is almost as dangerous as not wearing a helmet. Wearing a helmet can help prevent from moderate to fatal head and face injuries, so even on a short ride, a helmet is a smart and safe choice (Bike Safety- http://kidshealth.org).
Adults set the example and pave the way for their children. Teens and children less than 15 years old are five times more likely to get injured biking. To encourage children to wear a helmet, parents need to wear them too.  
“Children who said that their parents or friends wore helmets were much more likely to wear helmets themselves,” (Bicycle Helmet Safety- http://my.clevelandclinic.org) as reported in a national survey.
People who choose not to wear a helmet either do not own one or do not enjoy wearing one. The look of the helmet is a reason why some people do not wear one. We have come up with another version of a helmet. Our idea is to combine the safety of a helmet with the look of a snapback. Take a snapback and add about half of the padding of an actual helmet. This would provide a more stylish alternative to a helmet. Although it would not provide as much protection as a traditional bike helmet, it would provide more protection than wearing nothing. The goal would be to get more children to wear helmets, preventing injuries and creating a safer environment.
This summer we saw some kids using their helmet as a basket. Even though helmets may not be stylish or few friends wear them, start wearing your helmet today!!

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